Warmth and wind on Tybee Island
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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On our way to Tybee Island we stopped for diesel at a local convenience store. We noticed that there were animals including ostriches, llamas, geese, horses and ducks roaming around just beyond the parking lot. The owner invited me to go check them out when I commented on the cool animals. He said, "Yep, you gotta come to East Georgia to see something like this at a convenience store. Go on over if you want to get a better look."
After about 45 minutes we found ourselves on the beach (low tide) and peddled for a couple of miles into the wind. When we turned around, we didn't have to peddle for a few minutes because the wind actually pushed us along. We must have been pushed for 200-300 feet before we began to peddle. Insane wind. The weather that is hitting the entire state is being blown through with gusts up to 35 mph, but they sure do feel harder.
We rode around some more and came back to the campground to wash off the bikes and get some dinner. Jodie made soy pasta with marinara and a huge salad. It was all delicious.
Settled in for the night and played a game of Scrabble and then learned how to play Fandango, a game from Madagascar. It's a pretty fast moving game, but it gets pretty slow toward the end. I've got a feeling that we are missing part of the instructions.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be our first day trying out our new inflatable kayaks. There are salt marshes and a river that leads to the bay that we are itching to explore.
Out for now. Andy
Dec. 17th.- We picked up a few real estate booklets at the grocery store last night and spotted a nice looking lake house situated on 17 acres of land in the town of Eden. Instead of trying out our kayaks, we headed over to Eden to check out the area and the house. While we are in no rush to find a new house, we are keeping our eyes open for the "perfect place" to return to once our need to travel around is satisfied.
The weather, the look of the house and that amount of land are all what we are looking for, so we were interested in seeing what was there. It ended up being about 50 minutes away from the beach in a very rural area and unfortunately, there is a huge International Paper mill right in town. While I was sitting at the post office waiting for Jodie to mail a package, I counted every fifth vehicle as a tractor trailer. Man...what a lot of trucks on the road that fronts the house. Well, that answered it for us, this place is out.
On the way back to Tybee, Jodie commented on all the places she has been to named "Eden" and how none of them came close to being an Eden. Chalk one more up to that observation. Maybe we should keep our eyes pealed for places named "Helltown" or "Dungville" while we move around? As a matter of fact, we probably didn't give Booger Hollow a close enough look when we passed through it last week.
More bike riding on that gorgeous beach. I think this pix needs to be given to Robby Kelly of Pawling Cycle. We bought our bikes there and this seems like a great ad!
These are a few artsty pix .... if you look closely you may see a few dolphin playing. Many many dolphins here. They come in close and always in a pod or family.
Reed and Anna, my brother and his wife, live in Vermont and are building their dream house on the big Island of Hawaii. They have traveled to China and bought many glorious and exotic things being sent to Hawaii in a container. I believe I have taken a picture of the ship with their container on it!!!!!
Taking the long way to Hawaii!
Andy and I went on over to the outfitter here in Tybee to get life vests. We realized after all that planning we had not brought even one of our 16 life vests from Whaley Lake!!!! Good grief.
Vests in hand we head out to pump up our newly acquired inflatable kayaks.
Our enthusiasm popped by the fact that although the instructions on-line said ANY pump would work.....our bicycle pump clearly would NOT! Any in this case means a totally different type..probably ANY of their pumps! So back to the drawing board. We may have to drive to Florida to pick it up! Ahhhh the stuggles of being a nomad. To take a side trip to Florida sounds fantastic. Maybe after Christmas to avoid the traffic? We shall see.
Here it is a day before Christmas and Andy and I see surfers out in the rumbling waves at high tide!!! I guess the full moon is making the waves just irresistable even if the water is a tad chill.
We seem to have no camping space after tomorrow so we have booked ourselves into Jekyll Island camp ground. See you there! We will hopefully come back to Tybee for more sun and surf and biking and hiking and really great warm people!!!
Where I stayed